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The Next Layer or:

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The Emergence of Open Source Culture

The Next Layer or: The Emergence of Open Source Culture :: Draft text for Pixelache publication, Armin Medosch, London/Vienna 2006-2007

First we had media art. In the early days of electronic and digital culture media art was an important way of considering relationships between society and technology, suggesting new practices and cultural techniques. It served as an outlet for the critique of the dark side of computer culture’s roots in the military-industrial complex; and it suggested numerous utopian and beautiful ways of engagement with technology, new types of interactivity, sensuous interfaces, participative media practices, for instance. However, the more critical, egalitarian and participative branches of media art tended to be overshadowed by the advocacy of a high-tech and high-art version of it. This high-media art conceptually merged postmodern media theories with the techno-imaginary from computer sciences and new wave cybernetics. Uncritical towards capitalisms embrace of technology as provider of economic growth and a weirdly paradoxical notion of progress, high-media art was successful in institutionalizing itself and finding the support of the elites but drew a lot of criticism from other quarters of society. It stuck to the notion of the artist as a solitary genius who creates works of art which exist in an economy of scarcity and for which intellectual ownership rights are declared. Continue reading


Feb 20, 14:01
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Interview with Sean Cubitt by Simon Mills

33.png[…] Simon Mills: How do you think the plethora of so-called Web 2.0 applications (E.g. Myspace, Youtube, Bitorrent, Google) are changing the media landscape? These are all predominantly based on constantly evolving databases so exhibit a distinctly new media aesthetic. They also seem to aid a more democratic means of cultural production making publication and involvement cheap and easy. Are you sold on the idea of ‘network as platform’?

Sean Cubitt: Cheap and easy is always good. talk, as they say, is cheap. Thank God. It takes millions of people talking (and writing, which is nearly as cheap) to produce one poet; and it takes millions strumming away to produce one musician. Those of us who only talk and strum are nonetheless experts, in the sense that we know how hard it is to make words and sounds do what you want them to, and so we are the perfect audience for the poet and the muso. It will take a million mash-ups to make one work that will really make your jaw drop. Continue reading


Nov 25, 16:01
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M/C – Media and Culture

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Call for Contributors

M/C – Media and Culture is calling for contributors to the ‘mobile’ issue of M/C Journal. M/C Journal is looking for new contributors. M/C is a crossover journal between the popular and the academic, and a blind- and peer-reviewed journal. In 2007, M/C Journal celebrates its tenth year in publication. To find out how and in what format to contribute your work, visit >>.

Call for Papers: ‘mobile’ :: Edited by Larissa Hjorth & Olivia Khoo: Convergence has become part of burgeoning mobile media. The mobile phone has come of age. As an integral component of visual media cultures, camera phone practices are arguably both extending and creating emerging ways of seeing and representing. In media footage of late, camera phones have been heralded as providing everyday users with the possibility of self- expression and voice in the once unidirectional model of mass media. In addition, the “exchange” and gift-giving economy underpinning mobile phone practices (Taylor and Harper 2003) is further enunciated by the camera phone’s ability to “share” moments between intimates (and strangers) through various contextual frameworks and archives from MMS, blogs, virtual community sites to actual face-to-face digital storytelling. Continue reading


Nov 15, 10:43
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[iDC] Totems without Taboos:

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The Exquisite Corpse

This is an essay I’ve written as the foreward to an anthology on the classic game The Exquisite Corpse: Collaboration, Creativity, and the World’s Most Popular Parlor Game edited by Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren, Davis Schneiderman, and Tom Denlinger, to be published by University of Nebraska Press (2007). This collection is the first set of original essays to provide a broad retrospective on the legacy of the Corpse project-and we are defining this legacy fairly loosely, with representation from historical, literary, collaborative, moments (etc.). The vibe is open and the text, I guess, is too. –enjoy! Paul aka Dj Spooky [via iDC] Continue reading


Sep 4, 10:14
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Free Press

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Call for Participation

This summer and fall you are invited to contribute to the creation of an open-access publishing house, a Free Press, to be launched at Roda Sten contemporary art center in Goteborg, Sweden. A project of artist Sal Randolph, Free Press will accept all kinds of writing from the public; contributions in any language can be as short as a single word or as long as an encyclopedia and can include manifestos, statements, documentations, studies, stories, recipes, poems and whatever you can imagine. Continue reading


Aug 10, 15:42
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“Distributed Aesthetics” by Trebor Scholz

roger.jpg“Today, the field of distributed aesthetics is falsely associated with exaggerated rumors of net art’s demise. The entire landscape is severely under-studied. In Berlin, last week, a small group of people met for an intensive workshop to respond to this situation. Just returned back to New York what follows is an academic/journalistic quick-response and a follow-up on some strings of the discussion that branched out like a tree.

Many of the exchanges were based on the growth of the Internet from nothing to everything, with the mobile telecommunication technologies and all their “swarming” or “rendezvous” devices. The terrain of the debate embraced issues concerning variously scaled social group formations, mapping and other visualization techniques including sonification, the revenge of the backend algorithm, the vengeance of geography, folkloristic participation in alternative sociable web media, and the re-thinking of affective media. This was quite a bit for a start but a more specific focus was hard to imagine in the early days of what may become a field in its own right. Continue reading


May 19, 08:58
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MEMEFEST 2006

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CREATION, SUBVERSION, AND RESISTENCE!

Memefest, the International Festival of Radical Communication- born in Slovenia and rapidly reaching a critical mass worldwide- is proud to announce its fifth annual competition. Once again, Memefest is encouraging students, professionals, writers, artists, designers, thinkers, philosophers, and counter-culturalists to submit their work to our panel of renowned judges. This year, jury members will include Richard Barbrook, esteemed author, research pioneer, radio vigilante, and critic of neo-liberalism, along with radical designers and activists Sandy Kaltenborn, Kernow Craig, Paul Shoebridge and Jason Grant, Clinical Psychologist and “Bag news” blog author Dr. Michael Shaw and design critic Kenneth Fitzgerald. Continue reading


May 15, 15:56
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Opsound + Glowlab Open Lab

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Look, Listen, Interact, Play, Contribute

Opsound is pleased to announce an exciting line-up for the closing party of Opsound’s Open Sound Exchange and Glowlab’s Open Lab to take place Sunday, December 11 at Art Interactive Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts from 4-8pm.

Performances in the gallery will include a live video and audio stream by LoVid, an interactive audio piece for mobile phone handsets by RZ-1 Mobil Tek, plus experimental ambient live music by Eric Raz, Brad Bordine, and Weapons of Mass Destruction, additional sounds from Opsound’s collaborative internet radio stream.

Directions and Information: Sunday, December 11, 4-8pm; Art Interactive, 130 Bishop Allen Drive, Cambridge, MA; 617-498-0100, info[at]artinteractive.org; Subway: Central Square [Directions/map] Continue reading


Dec 8, 11:05
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Sal Randolph

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Opsound and Whereyouare

Last night at Upgrade! Boston, Sal Randolph presented two projects, Opsound and Whereyouare. Opsound is a gift economy in action, an experiment in applying the model of free software to music. Musicians and sound artists are invited to add their work to the Opsound pool using a copyleft license developed by Creative Commons. Listeners are invited to download, share, remix, and reimagine. Opsound is currently installed in the Glowlab: Open Lab exhibition at Art Interactive.

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Whereyouare is an experiment in the collective documentation of neighborhoods. Randolph began the project with the idea of documenting her own neighborhood, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, whose quirky and ephemeral beauties are currently endangered by a wave of new development. Everyone is invited to participate by documenting any neighborhood they love. Those with material from neighborhoods which have now been damaged or destroyed by Katrina are especially encouraged to contribute. Continue reading


Nov 2, 11:29
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DATA Browser

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The Truth About Networks

The Truth About Networks: Between the total hell of networked, salaried labor and the promises of the commons by Trebor Scholz

In short succession the first two in a series of publications called DATA Browser were just released. Both start out with historical texts to search for effective contemporary models of cultural production that merge socio-technological with artistic critique. ‘DATA browser 01’ takes Theodor Adorno’s and Max Horkheimer’s notion of the culture industry (1944) as a departing point. ‘DATA browser 02’ links to Walter Benjamin’s essay ‘The Author as Producer’ (1934). Let’s start with Brian Holmes’ essay ‘The Flexible Personality,’ which contributes a rare meditation on today’s network society and sketches out an intellectual history of anti-systemic movements that becomes the critical backdrop for both volumes of ‘DATA browser.’ Continue reading


Oct 31, 10:05
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